When you are searching for a Maryland criminal law firm you are faced with challenging and importance decisions. The importance of such decision could ultimately result in a guilty plea, lesser charges or an acquittal. When someone is charged for a crime whether it be a misdemeanor or felony it can be serious. Although being charged with a crime is a serious offense, most people wait until last minute to hire legal representation. Our Maryland criminal lawyers will always recommend hiring a criminal defense law firm immediately after ones been arrested and charged.
There are several reasons in why it is critical in hiring an attorney immediately after a charge or arrest for a criminal offense. Preparation is probably singly the most important factor for both the attorney and defendant.
Preparing for a case could involve:
- Preparing evidence
- Gathering witnesses
- Gathering key experts
- Reviewing testimonials
- Compiling information
- Preparing a plan of action
- Preparing a complex defense strategy
- Evaluating police reports
- Evaluating discrepancies prior, during and after the arrest
- Evaluating whether your legal rights were violated
Having sufficient time to prepare a criminal defense case in Maryland is critical. There are often times a criminal lawyer will uncover information such as illegal search and seizure, violations in legal rights and possible contradiction in stories which can result in an immediately result in the charges being dropped. Having the time to prepare for a case is also critical in preparing a defendant to stand trial.
When you are arrested and charged for a criminal offense in Maryland, often times the police will begin the questioning right away. You have the right to immediately request the services of a Maryland criminal lawyer prior to answering any questions. If the officers deny you legal representation and force you to answer questions without an attorney, they are essentially violating your legal rights. An experienced criminal attorney will consult with his client and be available to sit with the defendant during the questioning process. There are many cases in which a defendant will answer targeted questions that need not to be answered. In this case the defendant will be building a case for the prosecution and against him or herself.
While our Maryland criminal lawyers always recommend immediate contact for all criminal cases there are often times in which our attorneys will get less than a weeks notice to handle a case. For these types of cases, a criminal defense lawyer will need to have the experience in taking cases on the “fly.” The attorney will need to compile critical information in a short period of time. To have a criminal defense attorney that has experience in handling these sorts of cases can be critical to your defense.
No matter the circumstance or time frame or lack thereof, the most important decision you will make is hiring a Maryland criminal attorney that has the experience and tenacity to fight for you legal rights.
If you are currently being charged for a criminal offense in Maryland, you should contact a Maryland criminal lawyer immediately.